Chelsea are ready to make Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa one of the highest-paid players in Premier League history - by offering him a staggering £250,000-a-week.
The Metro claim that figure would be his basic weekly wage, while the deal also includes several lucrative bonuses for the Brazil-born Spain international.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has given the green light for the club to submit a formal opening bid of £35m, while Atletico boss Diego Simeone recently admitted it'll be down to the player whether he stays at the Vicente Calderon or moves to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Mourinho is desperate to sign Costa, who has scored 34 goals in 45 appearances this season, after spending the season complaining that he does not have a world-class striker in his ranks.
The Blues boss is reportedly ready to axe all four of his current strikers, despite the fact his side could still win the Premier League and Champions League this season.
Fernando Torres and Demba Ba will be moved on, Samuel Eto'o is poised to leave the west London outfit when his contract expires at the end of the campaign, while the relationship between Romelu Lukaku and Mourinho is believed to have broken down.
Costa, at the age of 25, has the best years of his career ahead of him - and Mourinho hopes the £250,000-a-week offer will be enough to lure one of the Europe's most in-form stars to the Bridge this summer.
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